Thursday, 31 October 2013

Sample Project 2013 - October

Another five sample month!  My John Muir Trust Wild Nature Diary is getting nice and fat now, with textile samples sparked by the weekly photos.

Week 40: Bracken among heather
(Photo of Cumbrian fells)
Purple scrim embellished onto green felt. Bracken fronds made by free machining on dissolvable fabric.
Sample 41: Confluence of two streams
(Photo of two Cumbrian becks merging)
Built in machine embroidery pattern stitched on Kunin felt in two different shades of blue. Cut out then twisted together.
Sample 42: Kingfisher plumage
(Photo of kingfisher)
Orange and turquoise/blue wool fibres embellished onto white wool felt. Free machined spots.
Sample 43: Giant's Causeway polygonal columns
(Photo of Giant's Causeway)
Hand stitched on paper with stranded cottons.
Sample 44: Hedgehog spines
(Photo of hedgehog)
Kunin felt embellished with hand dyed scrim. Hand stitch with stranded cottons. 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Sample Project 2013 - September

A good exercise in rapid responses to the subjects this month, no time to dither or work as carefully and intensively as I usually do! Must be good for me, right?

Week 36: Pine marten tracks
(Photo of two pine martens)
Free machined paw prints on white Lutradur over black woolly fabric, then burned away with soldering iron.
Week 37: Moth wing pattern
(Photo of Merveille-de-jour moth)
Built in scallop pattern embroidered unevenly on Kunin felt. 

 Week 38: Channel cut through sand on beach
(Photo of Mellon Udrigle beach, Wester Ross)
Beige wool felt embellished through shiny patterned polyester fabric from the back.
Week 39: Beech leaf skeleton
(Photo of beech wood)
Free machined on brown Lutradur then zapped with heat gun.